Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy

Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy Colonial Ambition tells the story of the politicians and would be politicians of Sydney who were driven by a determination to lift themselves and their new colony to a higher level


10 thoughts on “Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy

  1. says:

    Cochrane tells the story of the period between 1840 and 1860 where NSW argues for independence self elected representative from the English Colonial office Strong personalities with vested interest compete with the established English Government.Very det


  2. says:

    This is my favourite book of Australian history Peter Cochrane achieves his vision of an excellent narrative history, enlivened by character and colour and details in the right context In contrast to the bored schoolboy view, pining for wars and revolutio


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    loyal radicals and liberal capital team up to battle sheep lords for control of vast exercise in subjugation and expropriation of indigenous people and land recommended for vindicators of manhood sufferage for her majesty s antipodean colonies, Sydney loca


  4. says:

    Colonial Ambition has all the strengths and a few of the weaknesses of narrative history. On the one hand it is vivid Cochrane summons his characters to the stage like a visionary director, and has them act out their parts with grand gestures and booming vo


  5. says:

    Co winner of the Prime Minister s History Awards in 2007, this is a robustly researched and elegantly written account of Australia s difficult and in some ways unlikely transition from a pastoralist oligarchy under the thumb of a British appointed governor a


  6. says:

    A detailed history of 18th and 19th century Australia, with focus on the political landscape of the time.


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